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Police eliminate Tipu Sultan witness from enquiries

Police who released CCTV images of a person they would like to speak to in relation to the murder of South Shields man Tipu Sultan have now identified the witness.

Following a reconstruction on last night's Crimewatch programme, a juvenile has since come forward to identify themselves as the person in the footage.

They have been spoken to by police and eliminated from their enquiries.

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A19 closed as caravan on fire in West Boldon

The A19 is currently closed as the police and the fire service are responding to reports of a caravan on fire in West Boldon.

Police were informed of the blaze at around 12.30pm this afternoon. The caravan is near the Testos Roundabout in West Boldon, South Tyneside.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the A19 are currently closed in the area and motorists are advised to expect delays.

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Bedlington rapist jailed for eight years

Christopher Rosean. Credit: Northumbria Police

A rapist has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a woman in her home.

The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house, in South Tyneside, where it happened.

Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.

Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court but was found guilty by a jury.

His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.

Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, both orders last a full lifetime.

The judge told Rosean: "She was utterly terrified.

"You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

"It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.

"What you did has had a significant impact upon her.

"She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self confidence by your offending."

The court heard the victim's work and family life have been hugely effected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "This has had a significant impact on her, she had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home."

Tipu prayers a statement of community strength

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Prayers have been said in the car park of a community centre on Wearside as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Tipu Sultan, who was murdered in South Shields.

Syed Khalid Miah Olid, chair of the management committee at the Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, said that prayers are not usually said outside in this way, but they did so to make a statement.

He said they wanted to show community strength, but also to encourage anybody with any information to come forward.

Tipu was killed from single gun shot outside the takeaway where he worked in South Shields on Tuesday, April 7.

Mr Miah Olid said he had been to see Tipu's family. He said his children still have no come to terms with their father's death and still think he is going to come home and take them to the park.

Tipu coffin arrives at community centre

Tipus coffin has arrived at community centre in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tipu Sultan's coffin has arrived at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Sunderland.

More than 300 people are expected pay their respects and join Tipu's family and friends as they say prayers.

Last night a vigil was held by the local community outside the takeaway in South Shields where Tipu was shot dead on Tuesday, April 7.

His family and close friends will attend a private service later in the day.

Tipus coffin has arrived at community centre were more than 300 mourners will say prayers Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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